Category Archives: Conservatism

UPDATED: Trump Vs. The Banana Republicans

Conservatism, Constitution, Donald Trump, Republicans, Ron Paul

“Trump Vs. The Banana Republicans” is the current column, now on WND. An excerpt:

There’s a difference between (small r) republican principles and the Republican Party’s rules of procedure. But National Review neoconservative Jonah Goldberg doesn’t see it.

Or, maybe Goldberg is using America’s founding, governing principles to piggyback the Republican Party’s oft revised and rigged rules to respectability.

Conservatives who harbor the quaint expectation that voters, not party operatives, would choose the nominee stand accused by Goldberg of fetishizing unfiltered democracy.

“America is a republic not a simple democracy,” says Goldberg, in motivating for Grand Old Party chicanery.

Goldberg’s argument is a cunning but poor one. It confuses bureaucratic rules with higher principles: the republicanism of America’s Constitution makers.

Through a Bill of Rights and a scheme that divides authority between autonomous states and a national government, American federalism aimed to secure the rights of the individual by imposing strict limits on the power of thumping majorities and a central government.

The Goldberg variations on republicanism won’t wash. The Republican Party’s arbitrary rules relate to the Founding Founders’ republicanism as the Romney Rule relates to veracity.

The Romney initiated Rule 40(b) is a recent addition to the Republican Party rule book. It stipulates that in order to win the nomination, a candidate must demonstrate he has earned a majority of delegates from at least eight different states. Rule 40 (b) was passed post-haste to thwart libertarian candidate Ron Paul.

Party crooks and their lawyers now find themselves in a pickle, because Governor John Kasich, candidate for the establishment (including the New York Times and the Huffington Post), has yet to meet the Republican rule du jour.

So, what do The Rulers do? They plan to change the rules. Again.

Pledged delegates are not supposed to act as autonomous agents. Their voting has to be tethered to the candidate whom voters have overwhelmingly chosen. But not when The Party parts company with The Voters. Then, delegates might find themselves unmoored from representing the voters.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has hinted at allowing pledged delegates the freedom to betray their pledge. …

… READ the rest. “Trump Vs. The Banana Republicans” is the current column, now on WND.

UPDATE: Two people noticed the “Goldberg Variations” Bach reference. Via Facebook:

Joshua Jennings: Love the Bach reference!

Ilana Mercer Love the folks who noticed, all 2 of you, Joshua Jennings.

Ilana Mercer: The other was my editor.


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‘Think About The Kids: No! F-ck The Kids. Adult Lives Matter, Too’

America, Conservatism, Family, Pop-Culture, Relatives, Socialism

“F-ck The Kids. Adult Lives Matter, Too.” That’s it. That’s my official statement about all kid-related arguments, first “articulated”—in scare quotes, because not exactly articulate—in “GOP Debate: America-First Alliance Emerges; Neoconservatives Neutralized,” scrubbed from the WND version but sensibly retained by the other editors.

After fielding another angry “Think About The Kids’ missive on a Twitter thread, I thought I should make my “position” (self-deprecating quotes) clear.

The kids are overrated. Most of them are socialists. (Their brains are not fully formed until the early 20s, or something.) Traditionalists value hierarchy (see August 14 … 2002 column). True-blue cultural conservatism doesn’t deify the effing Kids.

As the great Florence King put it, “… children have no business expressing opinions on anything except, ‘Do you have enough room in the toes?'”

Oscar Wilde: Youth is wasted on the young.

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Donald Trump’s ‘He Started It’ Argument Is Libertarian

Conservatism, Donald Trump, Feminism, Free Speech, Left-Liberalism, libertarianism, Logic, Reason

Donald Trump’s ‘He started it’ argument, whinged CNN’s Anderson Cooper, is a five-year-old’s argument. Maybe. But it’s also the skeleton of the libertarian, non-aggression axiom: aggression against aggressors only.

First, context via Gawker:

During last night’s CNN-hosted Republican town hall in Milwaukee there was a funny, and perhaps even cathartic, exchange between Anderson Cooper and Donald Trump over Trump’s hounding of Ted Cruz’s wife, which culminated with Cooper telling Trump he was acting like a child while Trump insisted that he wasn’t acting like a child. …

MORE.

It’s not enough to malign something as childish. You have to show that the maligned childish thought or act is wrong. Children can be right, on rare occasions. Besides, the liberal left worships The Children (as do their partners among new, feminized, Michelle-Fields conservatives). Adults are the dolts in every Hollywood film. In liberal lore, those founts of knowledge and wisdom spring from the effing kids, mostly.

In this case, The Donald aka The libertarians aka The Kids are correct. Aggression against aggressors is justifiable.

Of course, verbal aggression is not the aggression libertarians are referring to when we apply libertarian law. Speech is not aggression.


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If Honest Abe Stole Elections, Then It Must Be OK, Right?

Conservatism, Elections, History, Republicans

Heroic Lincoln heretic Thomas DiLorenzo reminds us that stealing elections is a venerated GOP tradition:

Scott Walker has reminded his fellow neocons that Abe Lincoln was nominated in a “brokered convention.” (Scroll to the last paragraph of the linked article). This follows the 150-year tradition of the Grand Old Party of Thieves and Murderers: If Abe illegally suspended Habeas Corpus and imprisoned tens of thousands of Northern-state political dissenters, it must be OK for us to do it. If Abe ran an empire of gulags for political dissenters imprisoned without due process, it must be OK for us to do it. If Abe shut down hundreds of opposition newspapers, it must be OK for us to do it. If Abe orchestrated the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of his own citizens in order to destroy the principles of a voluntary union and the notion that a government’s just powers rest upon the consent of the governed then, why, of course it is OK for us to just ignore the consent of the governed in the Republican primaries. Abe would be looking up at us from where he is now and smiling. (Thanks to Chris Rossini).

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